In many companies nowadays we can find the following paragraph in their code of conduct:
Employees must, however, avoid acquiring any business interest or participating in any other activity outside the Organization that would, or would appear to:
- Create an excessive demand upon their time and attention, thus depriving the Organization of their best efforts on the job.
At first sight it doesn't look that bad. The company wants to make sure that an employee is doing their best and offering their talents and full focus in exchange for the compensation.
However with all recent initiatives for the work/life balance and with the entire Right to Disconnect movement being discussed in Europe should this be widely accepted? Example scenarios which would to some extent violate this statement:
- having a child,
- having a hobby which can potentially impact employee's well being/physical state at work (martial arts, long distance travel, physically demanding sport activities).
As long as my performance is accepted by my supervisors should the company be allowed to influence my after-hours life? I think I'm OK with agreeing to that statement but there are people who take such statements extremely seriously and would not engage in activities they'd like because of it.